Following Beijing’s action, the US is suspending more than 40 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese airlines

Following Beijing’s action, the US is suspending more than 40 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese airlines


Following Beijing’s action, the United States has suspended 44 Chinese passenger flights from America to China, authorities said on Friday. To curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chinese government had suspended some US airline flights.

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Following Beijing’s action, the United States has suspended 44 Chinese passenger flights from America to China, authorities said on Friday. To curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chinese government had suspended some US airline flights.

In a recent development, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced in its Friday order that “the actions described above affecting the operations of Delta, American and United are contrary to the public interest and warrant appropriate remedial action by the Department.”

“US airlines that follow all relevant Chinese regulations regarding pre-departure and in-flight protocols should not be penalized if passengers later test positive for COVID-19 after arrival,” it said.

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After the action, the China-based Global Times, citing officials and experts, reported that the measures were “inappropriate”. The measures taken by the US will have “a huge impact on already tight air supplies” between the two countries.

News outlets said the 44 flights are operated by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines and are scheduled to depart between Jan. 30 and March 29.

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It is important to note that Chinese authorities have suspended 20 United Airlines, 10 American Airlines and 14 Delta Air Lines flights since December 31 after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Chinese city has already suspended thousands of flights and stepped up testing after the city registered its first community case of the Omicron variant last weekend.

Chinese officials have adopted a strict “zero-Covid” approach, with tight border restrictions and targeted lockdowns.

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(With contributions from agencies)

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